master of none, vulnerability & me

Earlier this year, the long-anticipated second season of Aziz Ansari's critically-acclaimed Netflix series Master of None premiered. At the end of the first season, we see a freshly single Dev (Ansari) on a plane headed for Italy, where he plans to live and learn how to make pasta. Season Two picks up right where we…

finding the opposite of loneliness

Two years ago, during my freshman year of college when I was still in Ithaca, I stumbled upon a book in my Amazon suggestions. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan. I mentioned Keegan in a post I made last year about my favorite women writers, but I want to explore a concept that she mentioned…

finding calm in an urban environment

Do you know what it's like to live someplace that loves you back? -Danez Smith -- Hi there, and happy fall - although unsurprisingly, Cleveland's weather would beg to differ. We're on the brink of October and I can't go more than a couple of hours without accumulating back sweat from a cardigan, but that…